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Eric Hege
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With #MustangWeek2015  just a little over a week away, I thought I'd get into the spirit and post a photo each day as a countdown before heading to the beach! 

So to kick things off, here's one of my speedway favorites from 2012. Beautiful skies, and a healthy line of cars waiting their chance to take to the track!
The Need For Speed

I was out of town last week, participating in Mustang Week at Myrtle Beach. I’m just now getting a handle on all the photos I took while I was gone, and feel like I can try and catch a couple of themes again!

So I decided to post something a little different for #FourWheeledFriday this week. Instead of focusing on a single car, there’s quite a few here!

Last Wednesday, interested Mustang owners were able to take their cars out on to the Myrtle Beach Speedway for high speed runs around the track. Even though the track staff had measures in place to keep the speeds from getting too fast (for safety purposes) many cars could easily top 80+ MPH.

As I was standing alongside pit road, taking photos of the cars as they flashed by, I swung my camera around and caught this shot of the cars as they awaited entry out onto the track. If you look closely, you can follow the lines ahead and to the right of the photo, and there was roughly another 20 or so cars behind me.

Despite the length of the line, it moved pretty quickly. Each car got two full runs around the speedway, and then was pulled off the track to go back to the rear of the line. You could continue to run all afternoon in this manner.

#FourWheeledFriday +Four Wheeled Friday curated by +Akhil Kalsh +Annelies Kroen +Anne-Marie Janssen 
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This latemodel RTR Mustang spotted at Mustang Week a year ago, hearkens back to its roots established by the 1979 pace car bearing the same design. 

Share your favorite rides with us at #FourWheeledFriday, whether you’re leading or following the pack! Make sure to tag your post with +Four Wheeled Friday and mention your curators which are:

+Akhil Kalsh +Baba Schmitz +Kimberly Tweed +StPaul Herrmann +Virgil Cowen and myself +Eric Hege
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Marvelous as always +Eric Hege​ !!! Wow!!!
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The Surgeon General may have posted a warning about smoking cigarettes but he never said anything about smoking a set of tires, and that’s just what this GT-500 is doing!

So slip the clutch, step on the gas, and show us your favorites for #FourWheeledFriday . Make sure to tag your post with +Four Wheeled Friday and mention your curators which are:

+Akhil Kalsh +Baba Schmitz +Kimberly Tweed +StPaul Herrmann +Virgil Cowen and myself +Eric Hege
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Wow!!!! Absolutely cool great one!!! 
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Smokies in the Fall

While I’ve been posting several images taken during a recent fall trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, and still have a few to highlight, this is the complete series of images taken over that weekend.
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Streamliners in Spencer

While I may still share some of these individually later, I wanted to go ahead and post up the entire set of images from the Streamliners in Spencer event this past spring.

It's not often that you see this many great looking engines in one place, and it offers a lot of photo opportunities!
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Thank you +Michael Carnell, my pleasure!
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Second Falls

This is Second Falls again, but with the angle slightly different, and this time processed in monochrome using Nik Silver Efex. I think seeing this in monochrome tends to accentuate the moving water. 

This waterfall isn’t quite as accessible as Looking Glass Falls, but it isn’t too bad of a hike to get to it. It’s the trip back up to the Blue Ridge Parkway that gives you a little workout!

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Nope, I stayed perfectly dry +Gordon Hope, just above the water with the tripod.
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Love ur road shot, +Eric Hege ! Hope you get more time to shoot and post. 
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Smaug the Terrible….

…or maybe just a Double-Crested Cormorant! 

The Double-Crested Cormorant is often found in inland waterways and coastal areas, since its diet consists of mainly fish. This particular Double-Crested Cormorant resides at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.

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The Drift

Seeing as how this is the last #FourWheeledFriday of 2014, I thought I’d look back to one of my favorite car-related shoots over the past year and pull a new shot from that to share. So I revisited Vaughn Gittin Jr. drifting at Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach. Man that car looks so good slipping across that hot asphalt as the sun starts to set!

Share you favorite rides with us at #FourWheeledFriday. This is your last chance to do so in 2014, so make it good! Make sure to tag your post with +Four Wheeled Friday and mention your curators which are:

+Akhil Kalsh +Baba Schmitz +Kimberly Tweed +StPaul Herrmann +Virgil Cowen and myself +Eric Hege
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It was a lot of fun to watch +Baba Schmitz​!

Been there done that +Sherry Warren​!

+Cleveland Lewis​, a lot more fun on the track. A lot safer too!
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Lazy 5 Ranch

Since Christmas is upon us, and time seems to be in short supply, I thought I’d post of some of the albums that I haven’t shared in the next few days. So this is the first one of the bunch, a set taken while at the Lazy 5 ranch this past spring.
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I knew this was one of my favorite photos when I started going through the shots from that weekend in the mountains. However I never expected it to catch the attention of +Nik Collection by Google​ when I originally posted it, and it certainly wouldn't have been the same without the Nik filters!

I'm honored to have been selected, and still in awe of the fact that my original posting of this images received over 4000 +1's!
Nik Photography Cover Photo Selection – December 17, 2014
Looking Glass Falls © +Eric Hege 

This week's cover photo belongs to +Eric Hege.  Eric is an IT Manager with an avid interest in photography. Photography has been his hobby since 1988 when he received his first SLR as a graduation gift. 

This image is of Looking Glass Falls in Brevard, NC.  The image was taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and 17-40 f/4L USM lens paired with a Hoya ND filter.  Five bracketed images were merged together to create an HDR image.  The HDR image was post-processed in Lightroom, and then exported to Photoshop. Using Smart Layers in Photoshop, Dfine 2 was used to cleanup noise created from the HDR process.  The image was finished using Color Efex Pro 4.

Be sure to circle +Eric Hege on Google+ to see more of his work.
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If you are selected, we will contact you for the image so that we can post it as a Cover Photo on our Nik Photography G+ page and give you proper credit.

Thank you from the Nik Google+ Photos Team
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  • Davidson Water, Inc.
    Information Technology Manager, present
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Thomasville, NC
Lexington, NC - Winston-Salem, NC
IT by day, photographer and Ford Mustang enthusiast by night.

I started my journey into the IT industry around 1981 at the age of 11 with not one, but two TI-99/4A’s and a couple of cassette recorders for storage. Interesting enough, not that it mattered as much to me at the time, the TI-99/4A was the first 16-bit personal computer. Powerful for its time, I still managed to push it to its memory limits, programming in BASIC and creating a few programs that suited my needs at the time.

I’m the Information Technology Manager at Davidson Water Inc., a private non-profit water utility that serves parts of four counties in N.C. While my main job is maintaining the IT infrastructure, I tend to wear several hats that have involved involving water modeling, radio telemetry, and other similar items that may pop up from day to day.

I’m also an avid Ford Mustang enthusiast, having kept at least one Mustang in my garage since 1989. The list of Mustangs that have passed through my garage are:

  • 1965 V6 Mustang Coupe
  • 1989 Mustang LX 5.0
  • 2000 V6 Mustang Coupe
  • 2000 V6 Mustang Convertible
  • 2000 Mustang GT Convertible
  • 2004 V6 Mustang Coupe
  • 2006 Mustang GT Convertible
Currently I still have the following:
  • 1989 Mustang LX 5.0
  • 2006 Mustang GT Convertible
My 2006 GT Convertible is primarily a show car, although it still gets driven quite a bit. It has won numerous car show awards, including Best of Show at a large annual event in Burlington, NC, and Best 05-09 at Mustang Week in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Mustang Week, hosted in Myrtle Beach SC, is one of the largest annual Mustang events on the east coast.

I enjoy photography, both traditional photography as well as HDR/Tone Mapped images. I generally shoot in raw (Canon .cr2), and then process the raw files with Lightroom 4. Depending upon what I'm after I may also use Photomatix Pro, Nik, or Corel Paint Shop Pro.

While a lot of my images focus on automotive themes, since I participate in a lot of car shows, there's way more out there to photograph than cars! So you'll find a mix of subjects in my photographs. I'm also a curator for the Four Wheeled Friday Theme and Community.

Current Major Equipment List:
  • Canon Rebel XT (Gripped)
  • Canon 40D (Gripped)
  • Canon 5D Mark III (Gripped)
  • Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon 17-40mm f/4L USM
  • Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon 400mm f/5.6L USM
  • Canon 1.4x III Teleconverter
  • Canon Extension Tube EF12 II
  • Canon Extension Tube EF25 II
  • Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod Legs
  • Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 Tripod Legs
  • Manfrotto 496RC2 Midi Ball Head
  • Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head
I have been publishing some photography articles through my blog. There's not much rhyme or reason to the articles. It is just whatever, and whenever, something pops into my mind to write about.

You'll find a full view of all of my photo albums here.

Bragging rights
Best 05-09 Mustang, Mustang Week 2010, 2012, and 2013, three years out of the five I've participated! I also have three of my canvas photography prints displayed in a museum that is affiliated with the Smithsonian.
  • East Davidson High School
  • High Point University
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